category: URBAN MUTATIONS
file under: #Armenia #transitions #collapse #SovietUnion
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia is in transition between two worlds. A new model has formed but, given its plurality, remains difficult to identify. Just as the country which has inspired them, the photographs in this series are awaiting a story.
These documents reflect “the unfinished”, a moment of transformation in which opposing forces coexist eventhough we are unable to differentiate between them. The series can be interpreted as a constituent of fictitious archives of a country whose history is in full construction.
Born in 1980, Julien Lombardi studied first ethnology. He turned to photography eventually as a means of achieving an artistic investigation. His artistic approach to the medium transforms reality into a theater of illusion.
His staging of the ordinary creates a simulacrum, and the neutral elements of our daily lives take on new meanings. No matter where they are captured, his images are enigmatic documents that gradually give rise to a sense of uncertainty.
His series are regularly exhibited in galleries, art centers and art shows. His work is part of collections such as BnF and Chateau d’Eau in particular. His work has received honors including the Bourse du Talent.